Gum Grafting and Pinhole Surgical Technique- Yorktown Heights, New York
When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can progress and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.
Before and after gum grafting
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft is placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root. Dr Wetzler is also trained in The Pinhole Surgical Technique as an alternative treatment for recession. Pinhole Surgical Technique offers an excellent way of treating multiple teeth in one appointment with instant cosmetic improvement and minimal post-operative symptoms. Call the office to set up your appointment for Pinhole Surgical Technique consultation.
The gingival graft procedure and Pinhole Surgical Technique result in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.